Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Presents and Beauty Goodies

My husband and mother just arrived in time to spend the Christmas together. Coming respectively from London and Singapore, they brought along a wonderful bounty of beauty lovelies for me, including presents as well as my own purchases.

Many thanks to Mag who kindly helped me to purchase the Lunasol Modelling Cheeks EX03 Coral Pink Red from the Tender Glow holiday collection and the new Guerlain Meteorites.

I've barely made a dent in the other three Meteorites that I own but the deep teal packaging of the Perles de Nuit Meteorites was too lovely to resist.

Mag also surprised me with a gift of MAC Paint Pot in Genuine Treasure, which looks simply divine.

During an earlier sale, I ordered NARS Outremer eyeshadow. It doesn't have the best texture but the bold cobalt is incredibly striking.

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Quad Eye Shadow 021 State of Grace

Paul & Joe Nail Enamel 018 The City Never Sleeps from the Manhattan collection.

My dear husband made an expedition to Boots to help me snag some Soap & Glory makeup. Love the cheerful pink packaging!

Also from Boots, the Liberty x Hello Kitty brush set and umbrella.

An Accessorize charm bracelet/watch from

From my husband's cousin, I received Clinique Complete Happiness, a set of five Happy fragrances in the original version, plus Happy Heart, Happy In Bloom, A Hint of Citrus and A Wealth of Flowers. It's been many years since I wore Happy but it still works wonders in lifting one's spirits!

The new Jill Stuart mook comes with a vanity case and flat zip pouch. The material is similar to that of the cosmetics case that was included with last year's mook.

I didn't like the "J" charms on the zips as they are a tad too small with edges that poke the skin when one is trying to unzip the case.

It is incredibly roomy and deep, which makes it more suitable for storing skincare bottles. In it, I could fit two 500ml bottles of Bioderma, an Avene Thermal Water spray, two small Lush shower gels, a L'Occitane face mist and a Vichy eye makeup remover.

The Majolica Majorca Voyage mook is the most elaborate and beautifully designed mook I've come across. Filled to the brim with makeup tutorials divided into chapters like "State of Potions", "United Stars" and "Mask-land", it comes with a small plastic gold hand mirror and a shimmery gel that can be used on the face and lips.

As Yumeko has remarked, the mirror is a disappointment as it is very light with a tinny sound when tapped. Nevertheless, the mook itself is very nicely done, although I wish they had included more of the brand's history through a retrospective of the past seasonal collections. As this is not available at Kinokuniya in Singapore, I had to order it from Amazon Japan.

Lee magazine with a Liberty print zip pouch and a lovely Flowers in Pink calendar. Lee had released a similar calendar and Liberty print accessories in its January 2010 issue last December.

And finally, a boxful of Lush goodies!

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas filled with lots of laughter, warmth and love!


makeupmag said...

A very merry and blessed Christmas to you too! What lovely gifts you received. Enjoy everything!


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you! What lovely gifts. Hope you enjoy the Lush gifts, I was lucky enough to receive a Lush haul from my parents. (Now it just has to be cool enough for a bath!)

Joyce September said...

Merry Christmas to you, Iris! Have a blessed holiday, draped in white blanket =)

Anonymous said...

Is lush in singapore already?

Luthien said...

Where are you spending Christmas dear?

Haru said...

Hi Mag,
Thanks, I definitely will! *hugs*

Hi Sam.
I'm waiting for the weather to get warmer for a Lush bath, 'cos I hate cold bathrooms! Enjoy your Xmas and Lush goodies too :)

Hi Joyce,
Thanks, Joyce! merry xmas to you, hope you have a lovely one with your family!

Lush has opened its first store in Singapore this month at Wisma Atria.

Hi Luthien,
I'm spending it in Switzerland :)

Anonymous said...

thinking of purchasing metorities. is this yr's ltd edition v shiny? any review on it? tthx.
wondering which metorities to get

Nina said...

This is my first time posting a comment even thou I've been following your blog for two years... Hee
Merry merry Christmas n I just adore the hello kitty goodies you received! :)

Can the hk boots stuff be ordered online n shipped to SG?

Haru said...

Hi Nina,
Merry xmas to you too! Perhaps you can try VPost Europe for ordering from Boots? I don't know if Boots accepts non-UK credit cards, so you may need to use the VPost concierge service to place the order for you if Boots does not accept Singapore credit cards.

The Perles de Nuit are not very shiny or frosty, they work well as a finishing powder even for daytime. They do not provide coverage but rather they help to make the skin look smoothet and more polished. The other shades available in the permanent line add a slight tint, so it depends on the effect that you want, e.g. a rosy glow or a brightening effect or a more healthy look.

karen said...

Hi, may i know what's the website you ordered nars from? As far as i know, i thought asos doesn't carry this brand and i also couldn't find at their webpage. could u provide the link if possible??

Thanks and have a merry christmas! :)

Nina said...

Thanks for replying :)
I will check boots online

Unknown said...

merriii christmas iris! <3

Sabrina said...

Merry Merry Christmas to you! Beautiful gifts! Thank you for all your hard work with your blog, it's one of my favorites! ((Hugs))

diyanahomie said...

Merry Christmas to you!

Haru said...

hi Karen, does carry NARS:

hi Evonne,
Merry Xmas! :-)

hi Sabrina,
Thank you so much! That's really sweet of you. Hope you had a wonderful Xmas too!

hi diyanahomie,
Thanks, Merry Xmas to you too!

Lynn said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

vivavoomz said...

Love the charm bracelet. Merry Christmas

mudpievivi said...

Dear Iris,

Wishing you a great 2012! I miss Switzerland dearly! I could spend hours in Monoprix and Coop supermarts looking at their stuffs haha!

Will you be in Switzerland for good, or just a short stint?

Glad your mom and hubby are able to spend the holiday season with you.

Take care and dress warmly!

Bun Bun Makeup Tips said...

WOW!!!!!!! What awesome gifts! Merry X'mas!!! :D

Elaine said...

Happy Holidays, Iris!